Inman took out Northern Lebanon's Joey Emborsky with a fall in 1:40 to move into the final opposite Manheim Township senior Alex Smith. But things didn't fare well for Inman in the final as he dropped a closer-than-it-looks 10-0 decision to Smith, settling for a silver medal.
"He was good on his feet, and I just had to try and wrestle more defensively," Inman said after the match. "I tried my best, but he was just too strong for me."
All told, three other county wrestlers reached the third-place match, but all three were beaten. Taking fourth were Annville-Cleona's Josh Renninger (106 pounds), Northern Lebanon's Evan Daub (152) and Cedar Crest's Lukas Gerdes (195).
Inman's finals match started out with Smith taking the aggression to Inman that he just was unable to match. Midway through the opening period, Inman had an opportunity near the edge but couldn't quite complete the takedown opportunity. This re-opened the door for Smith as he worked a single-leg takedown into a double-leg for the opening points.
After two periods, Inman, trailing 5-0 and needing to put up some points, elected to start in the top position. After a reversal by Smith midway through the period that made it 7-0, a deflated Inman simply let the remainder of the match play itself out, losing 10-0.
"I just got to look past it and keep going," Inman said of the loss and what he needs to do going forward. "I just got to learn from my mistakes. ... I need to be more aggressive.
"I really wanted to do better than I did last year (fourth place in 2012), and I accomplished that," continued Inman of the positives. "I wanted to maybe take it one more step forward and win, but I didn't meet that."
"I thought he wrestled tough," Annville-Cleona coach Mike Miller said of Inman. "The kid's (Smith) a good wrestler, he kept the pressure on, and I thought Jeff handled it well. For the most part he wrestled a fairly strong match."
Fellow Little Dutchmen Renninger went 1-2 on the day, dropping his first matchup to eventual champion Connor Sheehan, getting pinned on an extremely tight arm bar just 23 seconds in. Renninger rebounded though, taking out Manheim Central's Caleb Enck 5-0 before dropping his third-place bout 10-1 to Joe Lobeck of Lancaster Catholic.
Northern Lebanon's trio of semifinalists didn't have the best day either as Emborsky went 0-3 to place sixth after being pinned by Inman, getting pinned by McCaskey's Adam Peris in 3:38 and then finally dropping an 8-1 decision to Nate Musser of Conestoga Valley.
Sophomore Caleb Blatt at 126 pounds was stuck in his first round match by Ephrata's Riley Eidemiller in 37 seconds. Eidemiller simply attacked real quick, catching Blatt by surprise and just sticking him to the mat. Not much Blatt could do once his back hit the mat.
Blatt recovered by taking out Wyatt Jennings of Solanco 15-4 but then ultimately dropped his third-place bout in heartbreaking fashion, getting pinned in 4:55 after having an 8-4 lead with 10 seconds to go.
Fellow teammate and sophomore Daub had his heartbreaker in the semis in the form of a 6-4 loss to Garden Spot's Tanner Leid. Down 5-2 midway through the third period, Daub had to score, and he had to score fast.
After taking down Leid, who was warned for stalling earlier in the period, Daub had a chance as he locked in a tight cross-face. Leid bellied down, frustrating Daub and causing him to take a windup cross-face, giving Leid a penalty point and the match, 6-4.
Daub rebounded with a 7-3 win over Lancaster Catholic's Michael Goshen in the first consolation, then ultimately wound up in fourth place following an 8-2 loss to Warwick senior Steve Woolley.
"He wrestled a tough match and he lost his composure a little bit at the end there; it was frustrating," said Northern Lebanon coach Rusty Wallace of Daub's matchup with Leid. "Tanner's a tough kid and Evan wrestled a great match, it just wasn't enough.
Cedar Crest's duo of freshman Barry Breidegan (132) and Gerdes failed in their quests to reach the championship tilt in their own fashion.
Breidegan was simply outclassed and outgunned by Manheim Township's Matt Grossman, getting pinned in 1:34. Gerdes, meanwhile, dropped a 6-3 decision to Hempfield's Jordan Ortiz, whom he beat earlier in the season.
Gerdes rebounded to reach the third-place mat with a 5-1 victory over Warwick's Carson Snavely, then placed fourth with Manheim Central's Rey Lasanta pinning him in 4:50. Breidegan ended up placing fifth after losing to Garden Spot's Nick Cook then defeating Penn Manor's Deion Valentin, 7-4.
Ultimately the county ended up with 17 place-winners, and nine of them brought home top-six medals. Annville-Cleona led the county contingent with five place-winners in Renninger (fourth at 106), Matthew Darok (seventh at 113), Orlando Bellaman (eighth at 120), Phil Corle (eight at 126) and Inman (second at 138).
Northern Lebanon followed not too far behind with four place-winners in Caleb Blatt (fourth at 126), Emborsky (sixth at 138), Daub (fourth at 152) and Deyo (sixth at 285).
Lebanon and Cedar Crest finished with three apiece as the Falcons sent Breidegan (fifth at 132), Adam Gilson (third at 182) and Gerdes (fourth at 195) all brought home medals. For the Cedars, Kyle Clark placed seventh at 132 while Adam Kearney and Travis Dent each placed eighth at 182 and 195, respectively.
The Elco Raiders rounded out the county with two placewinners in Austin Rueppel (eighth at 145) and Zach Bankus (seventh at 152).
For Wallace and his section champion Vikings, he can't help but see the positives from this tournament in bringing four medals as well as a section championship trophy back to Fredericksburg.
"We didn't get all the outcomes we wanted today, but we brought four guys back and they all got medals; we doubled our medal count from last year," said Wallace. "Anytime you're getting guys here the second day and on the award stand it's a positive."
at Conestoga Valley H.S.
1. Manheim Township, 199.5; 2. Solanco, 198; 3. Garden Spot, 170.5; 4. Warwick, 155; 5. Manheim Central, 139; 6t. Conestoga Valley, Penn Manor, 124; 8. Lancaster Catholic, 116; 9. Ephrata, 108; 10. Hempfield, 102
11t. Annville-Cleona, Donegal, 80; 13. McCaskey, 71.5; 14. Lampeter-Strasburg, 69; 15. Northern Lebanon, 66.5; 16. Columbia, 65; 17. Cedar Crest, 63; 18. Cocalico, 49; 19. Elco, 31.5; 20. Lebanon, 27; 21. Elizabethtown, 25; 22. Pequea Valley, 18.
106 - Sheehan (Sol.) def. Schnupp (War.), 9-6
113 - Charles (War) def. Laws (Sol), 6-4 (OT)
120 - Dumas (Eph) def. Norris (GS), 12-6
126 - Schuyter (MT) def. Eidemiller (Eph), 17-5
132 - Ortiz (CV) def. Grossman (MT), 5-4 (OT)
138 - Smith (MT) def. Inman (A-C), 10-0
145 - Smith (MT) def. Hammond (Sol), 3-0
152 - Warren (Sol) def. Leid (GS), 13-8
160 - Christie (GS) def. Leschke (PM), 3-2
170 - Swarr (GS) def. Taltoan (LC), 17-1 (5:48)
182 - Loiseau (LC) def. Shorter (MT), 5-2
195 - Pickel (L-S) def. Ortiz (Hemp), 7-1
220 - Haines (Sol) pinned Peterson (Col), 1:32
285 - Devenney (War) def. Spiller (Sol), 2-1
106 - Lobeck (LC) def. Renninger (A-C), 10-1
113 - Kenderdine (MT) pinned Sarmento (Eph), 2:30
120 - Profitt (Sol) def. Graves (MT), 1-0
126 - Martin (GS) pinned Blatt (NL), 4:55
132 - Cook (GS) def. Fantom (MC), 5-0
138 - Metzler (MC) def. Peris (McC), 10-0
145 - Finkey (GS) pinned Sipe (Eph), 4:46
152 - Woolley (War) def. Daub (NL), 8-2
160 - Kramer (CV) def. McKnight (MT), 6-2
170 - Sauder (Don) def. Brooks (CV), 11-6
182 - Gilson (CC) def. Maxwell (Don), 9-2
195 - Lasanta (MC) pinned Gerdes (CC), 4:50
220 - Stauffer (L-S) pinned Maguire (McC), 2:48
285 - Goodhart (Hemp) def. Bragg (CV), 3-0